Alec Reed Academy’s performance throughout the ABL season and ABL Final at the Leicester Arena has been certainly noticed and rewarded with several individual accolades.
Coach Daniel Szatkowski was voted Coach of the Year in the ABL Central Division with Afra Khalil claiming the title of Player of the Year. Khalil accumulated some impressive statistics throughout the season averaging 25.3 points per game to rank inside the top 5 scorers in the league and ranking joint third for steals with 4.9 per game.
Elias Poorman (12.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 5.0apg, 4.9spg) was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year title. Khalil and Poorman led the All-First Team, while Victor Olarerin picked up a spot on the All-Second team with 15.8ppg.
As a result of his impressive performance in the final Victor Olarerin also earned the honour of ABL Finals MVP with 27 points and 9 rebounds.
Emma Chambers, Director of London United commented “These awards couldn’t go to a more deserving group of people.
Daniel Szatkowski is a true leader both on and off the court. I’m always impressed with his dedication and constant search for new international opportunities and willingness to improve himself.
To call Afra Khalil a workaholic is an understatement. I’m glad that his talents and work ethic are being recognised as he performs consistently and is an integral part of the club.
Elias Poorman has a ferocious intensity on defence and impressive basketball IQ. Elias has had a very successful season with standout performances in both domestic and international competitions.
Victor Olarerin joined us 9 months ago and has made a tremendous impact on the whole organisation. Victor has a great character with both the mentality and competitiveness for professional sport which clearly showed in his dominance during the ABL final.
We have a really talented group of players who have an incredible work ethic and attitude, we are really proud of their accomplishments and excited what the future holds for them.”
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Images courtesy of Joe Pinchin.